Facebook Friends

Report
Facebook Friends: An Activity in
Statistical Analysis
Materials
• Internet Access
• Facebook Accounts
and Friends
• TI-83 or 84
Split into groups of
five, and choose
as a group ten
random Facebook
friends.
How?
Randomly Choose Friends
1. Select Profile and
record your number
of friends.
2. Go to Account and
Edit Friends.
3. Select Friends.
Randomly Choose Friends
4. With the TI, Math > PRB >
randInt(
5. randInt(1, [max#friends], [2
to 10])
6. From Facebook, use these
random numbers to choose
the friends, and record the
number of friends that these
random friends have.
What is the shape of
the distribution of
the number of
friends for
Facebook users?
Distribution
Most
students
guess
normal,
but is it?
What is the average
number of friends
for all Facebook
users?
Most students guess
200 to 400 average
friends.
What does Facebook
claim to be the
average number of
friends?
http://www.facebook.com/press/info.php?statistics
Is the claim from
Facebook
significantly different
from your guess?
Hypothesis Test
Test whether the average
number of friends is
different from the
Facebook claim with your
own data.
H0:
Ha:
Assumptions
Are the necessary
assumptions
satisfied?
1. Simple random
sample
2. Normal distribution
or large sample size
3. Known σ
Compile Data
Take data from all of
the groups and add
that data to L1.
Stat > Edit > put data in
L1
Histogram
2nd > STAT PLOT > ENTER
Highlight On and press ENTER
Type: histogram
xList: L1
Freq: 1
Zoom > 9
What is the shape?
Was your guess close?
t-Test
Stat > Tests > 2: T-Test…
Use the Data option
Mu0: 130
List: L1
Freq: 1
Mu: >Mu0
Calculate
Test Results
What is the average
number of Facebook
friends from our
sample data?
Is it close to our initial
guess?
Is it close to Facebook’s
claim?
Test Results
What is t?
What is p?
Can we reject H0 and
accept Ha?
What is our official
conclusion, then?
What Now?
Should we email Facebook
and let them know their
stats are wrong?
What do they have that
we don’t have?
Why might our numbers
be different?
What assumptions might
be erroneous in our
sample?
Assumptions
Again, are the necessary
assumptions satisfied?
1. Simple random
sample
2. Normal distribution
or large sample size
3. Known σ
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